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Saturday, September 10, 2011

No success this time

Today, 10th September 2011, we performed the first birding trip of the 'Chasula'. 14 people (12 participants plus skipper and sailor) started at O Grove harbour at 7:30 facing W to the Sálvora archipelago. However, at Sagres area (near Aguiño), waves and wind (stronger than forecast said) were too heavy for going beyond these islands. Skipper decided to stay off the E shore of Sálvora island, where 'chumming' was performed before going back to O Grove harbour around 12:30 h.

It was a sad back trip, as we wanted to visit three points offshore (8-12 nm from Sálvora). Perhaps in another trip...

List of recorded species, including birds attending chum and seen travelling along the S shore of the ría. Highlights in bold:

- Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus): 3 (chum) + 1 (travelling)
- Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea): 6 (chum) + 4 (travelling)
- Balearic Shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus): 10 (chum) + 10 (travelling)
- Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus): 1 (chum)
- Storm-petrel (Hydrobatidae): 1 (travelling)
- Atlantic Gannet (Morus bassanus): 3 (chum) + 30 (travelling)
- European Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis): 150 (travelling)
- Eurasian Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus): 2 (travelling)
- Sanderling (Calidris alba): 1 (travelling)
- Dunlin (Calidris alpina): 3 (travelling)
- Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres): 1 (travelling)
- Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus): 50 (chum) + 30 (travelling)
- Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis): 100 (chum) + 250 (travelling)
- Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus): 10 (travelling)
- Common Tern (Sterna hirundo): 6 (chum) + 3 (travelling)
- Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis): 2 (travelling)

Some photos:

Puffinus griseus (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Puffinus griseus (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Puffinus mauretanicus (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Puffinus mauretanicus (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Calonectris diomedea (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Calonectris diomedea (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Morus bassanus (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Morus bassanus (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Phalacrocorax aristotelis (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Phalacrocorax aristotelis (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Arenaria interpres (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Calidris alba (c) Xosé L. Fernández Carnero

Calidris alpina (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

Larus fuscus (c) Xoán Diéguez Vázquez

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